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The elderly: how to help them survive extreme heat?

Protecting our elders

Temperatures are soaring and is in full swing in Spain. Unfortunately, this extreme heat can be dangerous, especially for the elderly. Because of their heightened sensitivity, they are more vulnerable to heatstroke and . So it's vital to take steps to protect them and help them stay healthy during this period.

Reduced heat perception

The elderly often have a reduced sense of warmth. This means they have difficulty sensing when they are hot and protecting themselves adequately. What's more, certain medical conditions, such as chronic and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as certain medications, can promote dehydration in the elderly. It's therefore crucial to give them special attention.

Hydration, a priority

To help the elderly stay hydrated, we recommend that they drink at least a liter and a half of water a day, even if they're not thirsty. It's best to drink small sips regularly throughout the day. It's also important to monitor their water intake, as they often have little sensation of thirst. Finally, avoid containing caffeine, alcohol or added sugars.

Avoid the hottest hours

To prevent heatstroke, it's essential to avoid the hottest hours of the day, i.e. between midday and six o'clock in the evening. It's also advisable to protect yourself from the sun by using hats, caps or visors. These precautions are particularly important for elderly people travelling by car, as they are exposed to sudden changes in temperature when getting in and out of vehicles.

Appropriate clothing

To minimize the discomfort caused by high temperatures, we recommend wearing light, breathable clothing. Linen or cotton fabrics are ideal for allowing good air circulation and reducing the sensation of suffocation. It's important to ensure that clothing is loose-fitting and comfortable.

A moisturizing diet

To maintain good hydration, we recommend increasing consumption of and vegetables, which contain a lot of water. It's also preferable to opt for light, easy-to-digest dishes, such as fish, rather than heavy dishes that require a lengthy digestion process. A well-balanced, hydrating helps to keep older people in shape during the summer months.

A fresh environment

During the hottest hours of the day, it's best to stay indoors to avoid the heat. However, it's important to maintain a pleasant temperature inside the house to avoid discomfort caused by the heat. We recommend airing the house early in the morning, closing the windows during the hottest hours, and reopening them in the late afternoon and evening when it's a little cooler. If possible, the use of an air conditioner can also help, but it's advisable not to set the temperature below 23 degrees Celsius.

Protect your skin from the sun

Older people's is more fragile and requires greater against the sun's rays. It is therefore essential to use a sun cream with a protection factor of at least 20 SPF, to apply it generously 30 minutes before going out, and to reapply it regularly. We also recommend wearing sunglasses offering 100% protection against ultraviolet and visible blue rays.

Monitor blood pressure

Finally, it's important to regularly monitor the blood pressure of the elderly during periods of intense heat. Heat can have an impact on their blood pressure, which can lead to complications. Regular monitoring will help prevent these adverse effects, and enable you to take appropriate action should any problems arise.

By following these simple , you can help protect the elderly around you from the harmful effects of extreme heat. Remember that every gesture counts, and that it's important to be attentive to the needs and limitations of our elders. A safe and healthy summer is within everyone's reach.

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